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Free Will, Science, and Religion

An interdisciplinary audio podcast about the belief in free will. A discussion of free will belief relevant to science, religion, biology, psychology, and philosophy. Guests and cohosts are welcome to join us. If you like talking about the difficult topics such as the injustice of god sending people to heaven or hell in the absence of free choice, or other great talks about morality and social issues. This is the podcast you want to listen to and speak with us on!

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Free Will, Science, and Religion
May 21, 2017 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and wsdtime try to list some different reasons people may not blame people for things even though they don't understand that free will doesn't exist.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
May 14, 2017 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsdtime, and Juris
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsdtime, and Juris discuss how we can have more productive discussions if we can manage to reduce our negative emotional reactions to things people do. Chandler and George do this by reminding themselves that however harmful/unethical/undesirable/immoral the actions of other people, the people didn't have the choice to do otherwise. Juris on the other hand has a different take in that he tries to deny that there is anything right or wrong or good or bad at all....
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 18, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Poffo Ortiz, wsdtime, and Jessica Gillette
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Chandler Klebs, Poffo Ortiz, wsdtime, and Jessica Gillette talk about how we are all products of our environment and therefore can't help but have the beliefs and thinking that we do about every topic including morality, religion and politics. Understanding this is vital when trying to talk with those about important topics. Chandler and Poffo talk for a long time about how much this applies to vegan activism. We have to understand the ignorance and misinformation that affects so many people...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 20, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and wsd
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and wsd all started talking about the concept of how to stop people from doing harm without blaming them. A lot of it focused on Donald Trump and different theories of why people voted for him. The cohosts had some serious talks later on about climate change, cruelty to animals, and abortion. All these things must be talked about, but how to do it with each other and the general public is not yet clear.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 23, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, and Poffo Ortiz
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, and Poffo Ortiz talk about how we experience our decisions. We start from the premise that we know we don't have a free will but dig deeper into exactly how our decisions are made subconsciously and how we experience them consciously. Near the end Poffo shares some stories of his altered state of consciousness back when he was doing drugs.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 16, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, Poffo Ortiz, and Peter Moriarty
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, Poffo Ortiz, and Peter Moriarty try to clear up some of the confusion some people experience upon being told that they don't have free will. It doesn't mean that people can't change. It doesn't mean that events are fated to happen regardless of what we do. People can and do change. The cohosts try to talk about what is practical for educating the public and improve people's psychology and behavior. Later on there was a disagreement about...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 2, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Jamie Soden, George Ortega, wsd, and Trick Slattery
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Chandler Klebs, Jamie Soden, George Ortega, wsd, and Trick Slattery talk about some things wrong with the libertarian political philosophy but also how free will belief plays into it. Also, Jamie Soden wrote a short book about the nonsense of Free Will belief and Christianity. You can find it here: https://archive.org/details/TheFairyTalesThatDeceivedMany_20160930
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Sep 25, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsd, Logan Meyer, and Jessica Gillette
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsd, Logan Meyer, and Jessica Gillette struggle to define words such as choice, randomness, and intelligence. There are different meanings that different groups have in mind when they use the same word. Because of this communication is difficult but the cohosts reach some important points of agreement. Whatever we define as intelligent or stupid is not chosen by us and therefore we don't own it. George presents the idea that we are manifesting the consciousness...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Sep 11, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsd, Jamie Soden, Logan Meyer, and Trick Slattery
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsd, Jamie Soden, Logan Meyer, and Trick Slattery talk about different economic theories and their possible connection with people's belief in free will. Also there was a big talk about people's incentive to work and the benefits of a Universal Basic Income.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Sep 4, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Poffo, wsd, Jamie Soden, Logan Meyer, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh and Quayd
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Poffo, wsd, Jamie Soden, Logan Meyer, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh and Quayd intended to talk about the connection free will belief has to our beliefs. Understanding that we don't have a free will and are not to blame allows us to improve ethically as well as think more logically about our traditional beliefs. Most people are so used to the idea that people can be blamed for what they do and this creates hostility and prevents society from evolving past religion...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Aug 21, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Quayd
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Quayd started this episode as a way to restart refutations of free will like the cohosts have done in earlier episodes. However, it became clear that part of the problem is that the public may not understand what free will has traditionally mean since the term was coined by St. Augustine. Through the centuries, the belief in free will seems to have morphed into several varieties and making the problem more complicated. Because of this, the cohosts will need to...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jul 31, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, and Monique Lukens
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, and Monique Lukens talk about the idea of a free choice related to recent events in politics. While this show mostly focuses on the fact that we don't have a free will and are not responsible for any choice, it's also important to see how these choices may be coerced by other humans. Some Americans are feeling that they are being a dichotomy between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump but would rather support someone else entirely. It's...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jul 24, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, wsdtime, Jamie Soden, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, wsdtime, Jamie Soden, and David Joseph discuss both the views of libertarians(those who say we have free will and determinism is false) and compatibilists(who say that we have some sort of free will that is compatible with determinism). The cohosts of this show would say that both views are greatly flawed but may have different effects on people and society in general when they are believed by many. As usual, they also strayed off into some other...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jul 10, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, David Joseph, Michael Walsh, wsdtime and Quayd
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, David Joseph, Michael Walsh, wsdtime and Quayd join in a conversation about why people believe in choice even though the term is vacuous when fully analyzed. For many people, free will is completely tied to the belief that we control our thoughts before we think them and that at any moment we could have done otherwise. The word choice is used synonymously with free will in most contexts. The cohosts discuss whether or not we can continue to use the term...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jul 3, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Trick Slattery
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Trick Slattery talk about the laws of nature controlling everything that happens. For humans to claim that they have a free will is to imply that their decisions are completely immune to all the laws of physics, chemistry, and all other things that are part of how reality works. In spite of this however, some people may still claim that their decisions are allowed to break or ignore all laws of reality because they have a spiritual mind or...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jul 2, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Quayd
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Chandler Klebs and Quayd talk about Nationalism/Patriotism and how it tends to divide humanity into separate groups which compete with each other rather than work together for all citizens of earth. This is another part of making the connection that nobody chooses their country of birth and can take no credit or blame for which country or nation they identify with. But we are not as separated as we make think. We're all on this planet together and are affected by the actions of others whether...
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Jun 26, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Logan Meyer
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Logan Meyer talk about some of the most confusing topics of self, consciousness, intelligence, and what things we can or cannot know. How can we know whether we are living in a matrix or the dream of a giant whale? Some things are beyond our ability to prove or disprove but we have a lot of fun speculating on what may be happening in this crazy universe.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jun 26, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Logan Meyer
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Jamie Soden, and Logan Meyer talk about how belief in free will is most likely one of the reasons that people claim that climate change is not happening. They may feel guilty if they feel like they are being accused of destroying the planet. If they understand that they are not to blame, they have less reason to go into denial. The belief in free will causes denial in many areas. Climate change is one of the biggest examples of this. None of us are saying that...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jun 19, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, and David Joseph review some recent topics including the idea behind a resource based economy, George's pantheism/accutheism, and other mysteries of the Universe. The episode is rather long, so for those who are limited in time, here is a brief description of what was talked about at certain times. We start out by briefly mentioning The Venus Project to Quayd since he was not able to join us for episode 165 where we talked about it in depth. The idea of...
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Jun 12, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, wsdtime, and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, wsdtime, and Jamie Soden talk once again about George's presentation that God is equal to the Universe. This turns to another heated confusion over what words such as consciousness, control, and intelligence mean. It seems that the debate is more about the ideas behind the words than the words themselves. Will the cohosts ever come to an agreement about the definitions of words? Only Universe knows.....or does it? In any...
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May 29, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsdtime, David Joseph and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, wsdtime, David Joseph and Jamie Soden talk about The Venus Project, which centered around the idea of distributing resources to those who need it without a monetary system. Jacque Fresco understands that free will is an illusion and he explained it very well in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjy-FU6tqPI It may be this understanding that leads to the idea that human behavior can be redesigned as described on the website: "The Venus Project...
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May 22, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, wsdtime, Michael Laster and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, wsdtime, Michael Laster and Jamie Soden talk about strategies for getting people to see how politics can changed for the better by giving up the free will belief. The Atlantic also recently published this article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-will/480750/
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May 22, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, wsdtime, Michael Laster and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, wsdtime, Michael Laster and Jamie Soden  talk about the common claim that there can't be any morality if humans don't have a free will. Morality can still exist without moral responsibility, but it may not always be clear depending on what you were taught morality is based on.
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May 15, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Quayd, David Joseph, and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs, Quayd, David Joseph, and George Ortega talk about how people don't have the bigger conversations about how to maximize happiness because they simply blame people rather than looking at the causes of human behavior and how they can redesign society according to this powerful truth.
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May 8, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and David Joseph discuss a plan to connect the belief in Free Will to politics through a popular website called Dailykos. George thinks this is a way to bring more people to see that the topic of free will is not just a hobby for philosophers but has real application for how things are done politically.
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May 7, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Quayd, and Wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, Quayd, and Wsdtime talk about how indeterminism is just as equally incompatible with free will or being the self-causer of your desires as is determinism. Sometimes things are a plain contradiction in terms and can't both be true at the same time. However, people will try to make their beliefs compatible with reality whether it's free will, God, Santa Clause, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
May 1, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, David Joseph, and Wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Quayd, David Joseph, and Wsdtime talk about current events in politics and social issues. Particularly wealth inequality and how the notion that people are more or less deserving of what they have is a direct consequence of belief in free will. Everything changes once free will is seen as completely incoherent. There were some audio issues at the beginning with wsdtime's speakers making a funny noise. There wasn't a good way to remove it from the...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Apr 24, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, and Wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Quayd, and Wsdtime talk about how they have benefitted in their lives once they stopped blaming people because they came to understand no one freely chooses to be what they are or do what they do. They also strayed off to other topics like morality, religion, and politics.
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Apr 17, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Trick Slattery, Wsdtime, Quayd, and Anthony Bishop
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Trick Slattery, Wsdtime, Quayd, and Anthony Bishop talk again about how they will form an organization which will be a combined group to educate the whole world about why we don't have free will, why we are benefitted by knowing we lack free will, and how to communicate it as effectively as possible. Mitch was having some terrible audio trouble. It may be a bit hard to hear everything he was saying. We also heard a loud drill at one point too. Other than...
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Apr 10, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Anthony Bishop, and Wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Anthony Bishop, and Wsdtime talk about the reasons for starting a non profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the important truth that we don't have free will and how it helps us. Chandler is a little bit nervous about the idea but George and Mitch explain the reasons why having an organization will be more effective than having each of us doing our separate thing. As it is, some of the cohosts have already written books and/or have blogs...
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Apr 10, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, and Wsdtime
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, and Wsdtime talk about some of the videos available on the internet that refute free will. In recent times, more and more scientists are bringing the free will topic out of philosophy into the public knowledge. There are many people who are refuting free will both from a logical side as well as through the evidence of psychology and neuroscience. The cohosts talk a little about these videos and how effective they are at educating newcomers on what it's...
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Apr 9, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Anthony Bishop
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Anthony Bishop talk about how to get the public to understand the truth and the relevance of the fact that free will is an illusion. Here are a few ideas that we've talked about. 1. Submitting articles to magazines or other major news sources. 2. Starting a Non Profit Organization. 3. Creating an App. 4. Compiling a book of what different members have written on the subject of free will. We'll continue organizing these ideas in future podcasts until we know...
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Apr 3, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, Monique Lukens
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, and David Joseph talk to first time guest Monique Lukens. She says she believes in destiny and free will. The cohosts try to clarify the difference between feeling free to do as we want and being free choosers of our wants. It was a very pleasant conversation as Monique explained her spiritual beliefs and experience that led to her going vegan. The message to take is that people can and do change when new experiences cause them to reconsider what...
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Mar 20, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, Jamie Soden, David Joseph, George Ortega, Quayd, and Will
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Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, Jamie Soden, David Joseph, George Ortega, Quayd, and Will talk about the language people use and common things people say that often implies free will belief. Words such as "control", voluntary", "intent", "free choice", "freedom", "deserve", "responsible", "choice", and so on, can have different meanings greatly depending on the context in which they are used. The cohosts discuss...
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Mar 13, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs talks to George Ortega about his recent reconsideration of whether or not happiness is truly his top priority. He feels more compelled to embrace truth even if it has painful consequences. This leads to a discussion of the conflict we all have between certain moral values or ideals. George tends to value life and happiness so much that this would allow for certain white lies to save a life for example. The important thing to take away from this conversation is that both happiness...
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Mar 12, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Jamie Soden talk about the first cause argument for the existence of God. Chandler's basic premise is that the argument from first cause is actually an argument that presupposes that determinism is true. Chandler believes that this does in fact lead to an infinite regression involving an eternal universe(meaning all of existence). If there was a beginning, it would imply that new matter started existing without a cause. This if true would be in conflict with...
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Mar 5, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about some of the confusion about randomness. Some people really believe things happen without a cause just because they lack a method for predicting them. Chandler and George are determinists because they believe that there is no logical coherence to the idea nor is it possible to find evidence to support that things happen without being caused by something else. It's a topic worth talking about and so we frequently bring it up on the podcast. This episode...
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Feb 28, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and David Joseph talk about the two different levels or meanings of the word choice. This has led to some confusion between compatibilists and incompatibilists in the free will debate. Chandler presents the idea that we all have "level one choice" which is simply a causal process similar to a computer chess program. The impossible type of choice is "level two choice" because it would require the computer to build and program itself. Humans and...
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Feb 21, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh, and David Joseph talk about free will, moral responsibility, and other beliefs that may be a useful fiction. A belief may be false but it might lead to happiness for an individual. Are there times when we should allow for useful fictions if we find them harmless? Does it matter if Jennifer Lopez is in love with Michael Walsh? What useful fictions might be necessary and which can be discarded? Official Podcast Website:...
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Feb 14, 2016 Felicia Hogan, Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh and Jamie Soden
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Felicia Hogan introduces attachment theory to Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Michael Walsh and Jamie Soden. They talk about how their own backgrounds affect their current relationships and how it fits into our understanding that nobody has a free will. Everyone can benefit by receiving professional help for trouble forming relationships or other psychological problems caused from their past. Nobody is to blame and there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Here are some more...
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Feb 13, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, and Jamie Soden talk about a common problem humans have when it comes to their sense of self and the meaning or value of their lives. Many humans have a bizarre need to view themselves as being somehow special or important when compared to other animals and also compared to other humans. Sometimes this explains why they don't like to here that they don't have a free will. It seems to be a major source of their "self-esteem",...
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Feb 7, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, Michael Walsh, and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, Michael Walsh, and Jamie Soden talk about how to define what a religion is. However, as usual, they got sidetracked over terms like "supernatural" and "control". Somehow George, Trick, and Michael moved onto string theory and quantum mechanics. Chandler was completely lost and was thinking about Star Wars because of George mentioning a fundamental force while David was making jokes in the chat. The podcast went on...
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Jan 31, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, and George Ortega talk about some ideas that are taboo because of misplaced fears people have about the implications of giving up free will belief, religion, or pain. Some fear that science will strip them of their humanity. In any case, the cohosts don't find fear of consequences a reason for ignoring the truth about our lack of free will. An investigation of where morality really comes from will help prevent some of these risks that people fear come from the advances...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 30, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega use different explanations of why our choices cannot truly be caused by us. Different scientific principles(causality, acausality, the unconscious, and the pleasure principle) are in conflict with free will belief. There is also a religious conflict for theists who try to claim they are in control of their life while believing that God created them and is all powerful.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 30, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about the difference between a practical type of responsibility which we operate under compared to being fundamentally responsible for our choices. Nobody is the first cause of their decisions but this does not prevent people from "taking responsibility" just to get things done efficiently. It doesn't mean we are responsible but that we pretend we are.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 28, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about why what we eat and how much we eat is causally determined by genetics and conditioning. If we had a free will, it would make no sense for people to even have preferences in food to begin with. It's much better to look at the causality behind what makes people eat as they do and look for solutions that help people eat healthier. We don't need a free will to change our habits nor do we need to blame people who have not found the solutions that work for...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 24, 2016 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, David Joseph, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and Mike Walsh
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, David Joseph, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and Mike Walsh discuss different views on time and their implications for free will, determinism, and even fatalism. During this podcast George and Trick defended the view known as "presentism" and Mike and Mitch defended the view known as "eternalism." Links: Here are some more links to explain the concepts we talked about: This one is the ladder paradox, a really fascinating paradox in relativity. It...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 23, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about why the free will belief is the main force behind the harm caused by many religions. Because of this, many atheists and anti-theists have been attacking religion. Chandler and George think this is the wrong fight because it does not get to the root of the problem. Religion may become less harmful when it is no longer fueled by the delusion that each of us are deserving of reward and punishment. They also talk about how the free will belief causes much...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 23, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about all kinds of bizarre topics that will blow your mind. Free will belief that keeps us from asking bigger questions of the infinite regress of causality that compels us to do what we do. Chandler and George no longer have this limitation and have a fun time talking about beliefs and opinions that are beyond comprehension.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 16, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about what changes they expect to see in the future when people finally understand that nobody has a free will. They will not blame anyone for anything in the strong sense of believing that they freely chose to do something wrong. Rather, problems can be identified and possibly fixed. The humans of the future may be more practical in their efforts to identify problems and correct people without seeking revenge.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 16, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about what causes us to play video games and the connection between the free will belief and our emotional reaction to winning or losing at games. We don't need to be the author of our own desires to enjoy playing our favorite games!
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 10, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Trick Slattery, and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Trick Slattery, and George Ortega talk about the similarities and differences between different topics. Which branch of Science, Religion, or Philosophy does the free will topic fall under? It's hard to come to an exact agreement on what Science, Religion, or Philosophy is when everything is connected. There is no final agreement among the cohosts yet. Maybe this talk can be continued in the future.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 3, 2016 Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, George Ortega, and David Joseph
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Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, George Ortega, and David Joseph talk about our inability to maintain positive and happy thoughts. Depression is a fine example of why people aren't able to control their moods and do things they would not if they were depressed. Chandler doesn't believe suicide would exist if people truly had the choice that free will believers often claim we have. If humans had control over their thoughts, feeling, and beliefs, it's highly unlikely that people would need medication and...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Jan 2, 2016 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega explain why we don't have free will/free choice. The Hedonic Imperative, Determinism, Indeterminism, and the messages that influence us subconsciously are great ways of understanding human behavior. These and many other examples help show us why we have no choice but to do what we want, even if we don't know why we want to do it!
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 27, 2015 Mitch J, Chandler Klebs, and Jamie Soden
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Mitch J, Chandler Klebs, and Jamie Soden talk about many different issues and their connection to the belief in free will. They try to clear up the confusion that results when people believe that people are choosing to be obese, choosing to be lazy, or choosing to be sexually attracted to someone. To the extent that we understand no one is freely choosing their thoughts and desires, we feel more empathy and desire to help those with unwanted circumstances rather than blaming and punishing them.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 20, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, and Michael Walsh
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, and Michael Walsh talk about how to best define free will. It is often done in relation to “control”, “could have done otherwise”, or “moral responsibility”. There are many different ways it can be done, but we need to find a way that doesn't confuse people.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 20, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, David Joseph, and Michael Walsh
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George Ortega, Trick Slattery, and Michael Walsh talk a bunch about epiphenomenalism, consciousness, zombies, pizza, and materialism vs dualism. Chandler Klebs and David Joseph were also on the call but for the most part were too confused to add to the conversation other than the time Chandler disagreed with Trick about unicorns. Also, Michael Walsh was having technical difficulties. He left the call for awhile and Trick and George were talking while waiting for him. Chandler edited out the...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 19, 2015 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega have a fun talk about whether acausal events are a possibility and what implications it would have if we could know for a fact acausal events were happening. Furthermore, they talk about what it means when people say that something is possible. They also get a bit sidetracked talking about the big bang and the infinite universe as usually happens. Jamie Soden was also on the call but having an extreme audio problem which caused a buzzing sound unless he muted...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 13, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, David Joseph, Trick Slattery, Daniel Miessler, and Neal Gafter
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, David Joseph, Trick Slattery, Daniel Miessler, and Neal Gafter talk about free will, causality, and acausality. Neal doesn't have that much interest in taking a position on whether or not we have free will but would like to discuss how clear our definitions are. This turned out to be the longest episode so far!
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 7, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, David Joseph, and Daniel Miessler
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, David Joseph, and new cohost Daniel Miessler discuss new projects they have in mind to help educate people on why we don't have free will and why it's important. For some time, the cohosts have been suspecting that the obesity topic may be a good theme to connect the free will belief to. Can our knowledge of determinism actually help people lose weight? Chandler offers a comparison between three different obesity worldviews. 1. Free Weight:...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Dec 6, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, David Joseph, and Daniel Miessler
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J, Michael Walsh, David Joseph, and new cohost Daniel Miessler discuss what the practical differences are between the goals of incompatibilists and compatibilists in reforming society. Daniel has written some essays on free will on his website. He is an incompatibilist but he takes on the role of a compatibilist for part of the episode. We have not yet succeeded in getting compatibilists on the show but it's an open invitation for anyone who thinks that...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 29, 2015 George Ortega, Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Jamie Soden, and David Joseph
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In the last episode, George Ortega had ideas of a new project involving creating a series of questions related to obesity that will allow people to arrive at the conclusion that it's not their fault when they can't lose weight. In this episode, George Ortega, Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Jamie Soden, and David Joseph talk about ideas of how we might start a new revolution in the free will debate by using examples they relate to. We start with the basic question: “Why are some people able to...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 28, 2015 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega revisit the topic of obesity and fat shaming. People are often blamed for  being fat as if they somehow freely willed it on themselves. We want people to see why their fatness is not their fault. George's proposal is to ask them questions to start them thinking about the causality that led them to where they are now. Here is a question to start with: Why are some people able to lose or maintain their weight while others continue to gain weight or stay obese?
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 22, 2015 Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, Jamie Soden, and Jessica Gillette
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Chandler Klebs, Mitch J, Jamie Soden, and Jessica Gillette talk about what it means for something to exist. Some ideas such as free will are so incoherent that they don't make any sense and can't be proven or disproven by any method. No evidence would show us to be self causers any more than we could discover the color of the number 2. Check out the new website and Twitter page Mitch has been working on. http://www.freewillisfalse.com/ https://twitter.com/freewillisfalse
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 15, 2015 Trick Slattery, Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J., David Joseph, and Jamie Soden
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Trick Slattery, Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Mitch J., David Joseph,and Jamie Soden share their personal biases and discuss the problems of wishful thinking when trying to accurately describe reality. Inevitably, the crew turns their attention to compatibilist free will believers.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 14, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Michael Laster
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Some people say that believing that they have a free will makes them happy. Why would someone want to take away their happiness by showing them the truth? In this episode, Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Michael Laster explain not only why free will is impossible but that it actually makes us very unhappy to blame ourselves and others for what was not in our control. The truth about reality allows people to seek happiness in more effective ways.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Nov 8, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and Michael Walsh
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Chandler shares a lot of free will related posts and comments on Facebook. One of his friends is a commenting dude bro who frames his moral code after Immanuel Kant, Jainism and The Batman. Chandler asked to read some comments from this dude bro so that the cohosts can clear up some misunderstandings related to the difference between morality and moral responsibility. We also explained the difference between determinism and fatalism. Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, Trick Slattery, Mitch J, and...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 31, 2015 Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Jamie Soden
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Chandler Klebs, George Ortega, and Jamie Soden started talking about veganism and religion. Later on we talked about happiness being the most important thing and how our level of happiness affects our morality. It may be that happy people will cause less suffering to others and so our priority should be to learn how to be happy and teach others how to be happy.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 25, 2015 George Ortega, Chandler Klebs, Trick Slattery Michael Walsh and Mitch J
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In recent podcasts (114-116), George Ortega has attempted to reconcile determinism – and a rejection of free will -- with a pantheistic notion of god. Nick Vale supports George in this endeavor, but Chandler Klebs, Trick Slattery Michael Walsh and Mitch J. argue that an atheistic/agnostic worldview is more reasonable, scientific and compatible with free will skepticism and the “true” nature of reality.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 24, 2015 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega continue their talks about God and the Universe. In recent episodes, George has presented his case that God is the Universe. Chandler has a different idea than George based on the idea that life creates life through various means of reproduction. This relates to the infinite regress that Chandler talks about which relates to determinism and the idea that matter is not created nor destroyed. His theory is that there has always been some form of life in existence....
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 20, 2015 George Ortega, Chandler Klebs and Jamie Soden
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In part 2 of this series, George Ortega, Chandler Klebs and Jamie Soden explore a proof of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God based on the following commonly held attributes, which are listed on the Wiki page. They are presented here in descending order of salience; 1. Creator; 2. Ruler (Governor); 3. Omnipotence; 4. Omnipresence; 5. Omniscience; 6. Omnibenevolence; 7. Eternal Nature; 8. Personal Nature; 9. Source of Moral Obligation; 10. Incorporeality/Immateriality; 11. Divine Simplicity. We...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 18, 2015 George Ortega, Chandler Klebs, 'Trick Slattery, Mitch J. and Jamie Soden
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Following from our lack of free will, George Ortega presents a logical-scientific proof for the existence of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God that is based on similarities between God's commonly-held principle attributes and the fundamental properties of the physical universe. The argument is then explored further by co-hosts Chandler Klebs, 'Trick Slattery, Mitch J. and Jamie Soden.
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 11, 2015 Mitch J, Trick Slattery, George Ortega, and Chandler Klebs
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Mitch J, Trick Slattery, George Ortega, and Chandler Klebs talk about some different types of compatibilism and the reasons why compatibilists feel the need to keep people believing in free will. This was an extremely long episode, but these are extremely important for us to explain because compatibilists have confused the free will debate for so long with their deceptive definitions
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 10, 2015 Chandler Klebs and George Ortega
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Chandler Klebs and George Ortega talk about how most of the time we are not able to do the things we want to do. Most of our time is spent doing what we need to survive. Rarely do we act on our desires. Even so, what we desire is not up to us in any way. This explains the failures of both libertarian and compatibilist ideas of free will. Our will is not something we created nor is it free from our busy lives of eating, sleeping, working, and all sorts of other things that keep us from doing...
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Free Will, Science, and Religion
Oct 4, 2015 Mitch J, Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Trick Slattery, and Jamie Soden
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Mitch J, Chandler Klebs, Michael Walsh, Trick Slattery, and Jamie Soden talk about a variety of topics. The cohosts have a lot of trouble when it comes to defining certain terms such as rationality, natural, supernatural, religion, or intuition. The different ways we use these terms could be the source of much confusion. Sometimes we refer to free will as incoherent, but other times we refer to it as an illusion. Mitch says the universe works just fine without claiming there is something extra...
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